Mercedes-Benz Drop the Top on the C-Class and Launch the Cabriolet


Mercedes-Benz performed another exciting unveiling at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and added another model to the C-Class lineup in the form of the stylish new C-Class Cabriolet. The Cabriolet completes the C-Class range, which already consisted of a Saloon, an Estate, a Coupé and an AMG model.

The brand new convertible will sport a soft-top folding fabric roof, as opposed to a hardtop one, and flaunts a familiar design to the current Mercedes-Benz marques. The C-Class Cabriolet’s size, width and length are almost matching to the current Coupé, with 4.6m length and 1.8m width. The same grille, LED headlights, high shoulder line, curved boot and tail-lamp design are present on the convertible, too; in fact, the main difference is the major key to its body type – the roof.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will be available to customise, of course, with a choice of two different types of roofs: a basic version and a soundproofed one, of which can be ordered in red, blue, brown or black. The signature roof in the new Cabriolet can be opened at a record speed of fewer than 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 31 MPH – keeping up with the other convertible in the Mercedes-Benz range, the new SLC Roadster.

As with all convertibles, boot space is reduced once the roof is down, from 360 litres to 285 litres, though the rear split folding seats do make up some boot space when the roof is up – a small price to pay, we think, for such a stunning looking, snazzy little number as this. What could you possibly have to fit in the back of a Cabriolet anyway?

The new C-Class Cabriolet will consist of six petrol engines and just two diesel engines, making it clear that the name of the game with this new model is performance. All engines are available with the newer nine-speed automatic Mercedes-Benz gearbox, and there will be a few in which the 4MATIC drive four-wheel drive system will also be an option.

The petrol engine range accelerates into the mix with the C180, which will evoke a rather impressive 154 BHP and 8.9 second 0-62 MPH speed. The C200 and C250 step it up a gear, with each managing a 0-62 MPH speed of 8.2 and 6.9 seconds retrospectively.

The most economical of the range parks up in the form of the C220d, churning out 62.8 MPG through its 4-cylinder, 2.1-litre engine. On all engine sizes, an adaptive damping system is manufactured as standard, with an option to upgrade this to the Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC option, which constantly adjusts suspension to improve the ride comfort.

The Daddy of the new C-Class Cabriolet family is the C400, which comes in a four-wheel drive formation as standard, and performs a much-welcomed 328 BHP through its 3.0-litre V6 engine; with a 0-62 MPH speed of just 5.2 seconds, the C400 Cabriolet is the fastest in the new range, barring the little monster that is the C43 AMG.

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